Autistic Children Statistics - What Are the Current Statistics on Autism? © 2010
Autistic Children Statistics - What Are the
Current Statistics on Autism?
Written by: Autism Advisor
Autistic Children Statistics
Cases of autism have been on the rise for some time now. This is the fastest growing
developmental disability. Recent statistics show that one in 150 births result in a form of
autism. This means that 1 to 1.5 million Americans suffer in some form from autism. This
number does not include all those who suffer from PDD and Asperger's and other spectrum
Since the 1990s autism cases have risen 13% in the US. The cost to treat those who are in
need is $90 billion dollars a year. Early diagnosis is important and can reduce the costs
associated with lifelong care by two thirds. The ASA predicts that in 10 years these costs will
double if not triple and be somewhere in the vicinity of $200 - $400 a year.
In the US a new case of autism is diagnosed almost every 20 minutes. As many as 24,000
new cases of autism are established each year. Yet autism receives less than 5% of funding,
which is considerably less than many other childhood diseases that are less prevalent. One in
150 are funded for approximately $15 million annually. Autistic Children Statistics
Autism affects more boys that girls. One in 166 are diagnosed making it one in 41 boys.
Approximately 4 million children are born each year, which means that approximately 24,000
of these children will be diagnosed with autism. Up to 500,000 individuals under the age of
21 have autism. Autism is the sixth more commonly classified disability in the US.
Autism was added as a special education need in 1991. In 2003, approximately 141,000
children were classified for special education services under the autism classification.
While the numbers of classified cases rise, difficulty comes in determining if this is because
of better identification and classification or if an increase truly exists. Regardless, Autism